Universities & Higher Education Outlook in Southern Africa. The Southern African Regional Universities Association has assisted with the funding of Southern Africa universities development. There remains a need to drive regional higher education collaboration by implementing new approaches, nuanced strategising and strong implementation skills.
Years and years of regional higher education advancement for Southern African universities have achieved so much thus far that the benefits simply cannot be lost. Such developments have turned into regional higher education systems that change the lives of the region’s people at a rate not previously imagined.
In Southern Africa, where demand for higher education continues to grow but resources remain relatively limited, regional collaboration becomes a necessity for development rather than an optional extra. Here are major features for Southern Africa universities and higher education development:
- Higher education systems are elite because provision is low by world standards. There has been rapid growth in enrollments, but systems remain small so competition for places is high.
- Demand for higher education Southern Africa universities have outstripped capacity and in some cases this has led to over-crowding and concerns about quality.
- Humanities and the social sciences enroll the largest numbers of students, with numbers in disciplines such as science, engineering, technology and medicine relatively low.
- Efforts are being focused on increasing suitable infrastructure and ICT and library facilities, to foster future growth.
- Except for Malawi and Zimbabwe, there are more private than public institutions.